Affordable Care Act – Preserving your Rights to Quality Health Care
On Friday, December 14, 2018, a U.S. District Court in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act, declaring it unconstitutional. In the case of Texas v. U.S., U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor wrote that the ACA, also known as Obamacare, lacked constitutionality because of its absence of the “individual mandate.” His argument was based on the 2012 ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius which upheld most of the ACA based on the federal government’s taxing power.
In order to ensure Pennsylvanians are not devastated by step-backs to our monumental gains in quality healthcare access and coverage under the ACA, the Senate Democratic Caucus has introduced legislation that would protect insurance coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions and protect essential health benefits in insurance policies in Pennsylvania. If the federal district court ruling stands into the future, we cannot afford to leave our most vulnerable citizens with sub-par or no health care coverage.
For additional information on these bills, please click the following links:
New Legislative Session
January 1st is the start of our next two-year legislative session in the General Assembly. As part of that process, legislation is now being introduced for the 2019-2020 legislative term. Check out our Pennsylvania General Assembly website to track bills, watch live session video, and stay up to date on what’s going on in the legislature.
In addition to the New Year being the start of the new session, it will also be the start for some new members in the Senate Democratic Caucus. Congratulations and welcome to Senators-Elect Maria Collett, Tim Kearney, Katie Muth, Steve Santarsiero, and Lindsey Williams!
For more information on our newest members, click here.
Holiday Office Hours
I and my entire staff want to wish everyone in the First Senatorial District a warm and happy holiday season! Our offices will be closed from December 24 through the New Year. If you need assistance during this time, please visit www.senatorfarnese.com and send me an email. My staff or I will get back to you as soon as possible to serve your state legislative needs.
Rebuilding and Revitalizing Our Neighborhoods
The Department of Community and Economic Development is now accepting applications for neighborhood and community improvement and revitalization projects in Philadelphia through the newly established Local Share Account. LSA will distribute a portion of slot machine license fees generated within Philadelphia. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and other projects in the public interest within Philadelphia. For more information and eligibility, click here.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Enrollment
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 season. If you or someone you may know needs help with their heating bill, you may qualify for LIHEAP. Applications are accepted until April 12, 2019. For more information, questions, or help applying, please call or stop by my office for assistance. You can also visit the LIHEAP website by clicking here.
School Safety and Security Funding
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s (PCCD) School Safety and Security Committee announced the availability of state School Safety and Security funds for implementing projects to address the violence in Pennsylvania’s communities. For more information and details, click here.
Broadway Philadelphia Presents Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - December 19-29, 2018
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will play this month from December 19th through December 29th at the Merriam Theater. This popular story of the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will come to life on stage with many extravagant musical numbers.
For more information, click here.
Disney on Ice at the Wells Fargo Center – December 24-31, 2018
Disney on Ice is returning to the Wells Fargo Center from December 24-31, 2018 with Mickey’s Search Party. This show is full of Mickey Mouse, acrobatics, and visits from various Disney characters.
For more information and tickets, click here.
New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia – December 31, 2018
There are plenty of special events, dinners, and parties throughout Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve to bring in the New Year. Events range from a family-oriented ball drop to fancy parties and live music.
For more information and events, click here.
Mummer’s Parade – January 1, 2019 at 9 a.m.
The annual Mummer’s Parade will take place on New Year’s Day at 9 a.m., starting at City Hall. Extravagantly dressed men, women, and children will strut from City Hall and down Broad Street.
For parade route and details, click here.
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